Annual Rector Craft Show Draws Near

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Funds from the annual craft show go toward upkeep and improvements at the Rector Community Center.

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In November, likely a number of events whose purpose is to improve our communities will be scheduled. One of the major events is the Rector Fall Craft Fair, held at the Rector Community Center and sponsored by the Rector Community Center Committee.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, the Community Center will come to life with a multitude of booths showcasing the talents of local artisans. From metalwork, jewelry and culinary treats to woodworking, paintings and novelty items, the opportunity abounds to shop and to socialize with those from around Clay and neighboring counties. Patrons spend dollars to support cottage industries and several local businesses who offer specialty items at the crafts fair.

In previous years, vendors have been excited to offer their wares to an appreciative group of shoppers. Patrons may start their morning with a delicious breakfast served in the kitchen and dining room off the lobby of the Community Center. Sausage and biscuits with gravy along with coffee are the usual hit offering with opportunities for friends to sit together and plan their day. Door prize tickets are available at $1 each with vendors supplying these prizes.

Cupcakes, candy, fragrance products add festive scents to the big multi-purpose room. Embroidery, monogrammed towels and blankets, novelty designs, Red Wolves, Razorbacks, Cougars, Mowhawks merchandise, and pretty hair bows are everywhere.

"Our profits from these events go to upgrading the Rector Community Center," said Rector Community Center chair Linda Robinson. "In addition to improved inside and outside lighting, upgraded heat and air systems, upgrade in concrete work at the front of the center, the most recent upgrade is flooring installed in the executive conference room. A portion of the profits from the Ultimate Oldies Concert at Labor Day funded the flooring which now allows that room to be more accessible for small events. The Community Center is being booked more often, providing a venue for community members to host various functions.

The Community Center Committee will continue to have events for people to enjoy," she continued. "We are so thankful for all those who attend because they help our community center stay in good condition for years to come.

Vendors who have not yet made a commitment to the Rector Craft Fair may contact Robinson at Rector City Hall, (870) 595-3035.

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